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Woman shot in head by another motorist in apparent road-rage rush-hour shooting near Houston


HOUSTON — A Houston-area woman is hospitalized in fair condition after a motorist she had honked her horn at shot her in the head in Houston's northern suburbs, officials said.

Kay Hafford, 28, is receiving treatment for the wound in the back of her head at the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute in Houston, where doctors said she was expected to recover, said her husband, Kendrick Hafford.

Hafford was driving to work in her red sedan on Interstate 45 when she honked her horn at a white sport utility vehicle shortly after 7 a.m. Friday, said Assistant Chief Mark Herman of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office.

"At some point, the individual in the white SUV drove up to the right side of her vehicle, at which time one gun shot was fired," Herman said.

Hafford was able to pull off the interstate and call 911, he said, but "she was incoherent because she was in and out of consciousness."

The driver of the SUV was described only as a man in a blue cap, Herman said.

Herman is asking for information from anybody who may have seen the incident. However, he warned against any contact, even eye contact, with a suspect.

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